Hereworth School - 07/06/2017


On the basis of the information obtained during the review, ERO considers that Hereworth School meets the criteria for registration as a private school set out in the Education Act 1989.

1 Background

The Chief Review Officer has a statutory duty to report on the performance of private schools throughout New Zealand.

ERO reviews of private schools are significantly different in process and more limited in scope and reporting than those for state and state-integrated schools, focusing as they do on the Criteria for Registration set out in section 35C of the Education Act.

Section 35I of the Education Act 1989 requires the Education Review Office (ERO) to review private schools and to report to the Ministry of Education on whether each school continues to meet the criteria for registration. The schools are privately owned and the legislative requirements are significantly different to those for state and state-integrated schools. Private schools are not required to follow the National Education Goals or National Administration Guidelines.

What does apply in place of the legislation imposed upon state schools by the Education Act is the contract between the persons paying for the tuition of the child at the school – the parents – and the school authority. Those are matters between the parent and the school’s governing body. More information about ERO reviews of private schools can be found on ERO’s website

The criteria for registration are that the school —

a)has premises that are suitable, as described in section 35D; and

b)usually provides tuition for 9 or more students who are of or over the age of 5 years but are under the age of 16 years; and

c)has staffing that is suitable to the age range and level of its students, the curriculum taught at the school, and the size of the school; and

d)has equipment that is suitable for the curriculum being delivered or to be delivered at the school; and

e)has a curriculum for teaching, learning, and assessment and makes details of the curriculum and its programme for delivery available for parents; and

f)has suitable tuition standards, as described in section 35F; and

g)has managers who are fit and proper persons (as described in section 35G) to be managers of a private school.

Hereworth School is a private preparatory school located in Havelock North. It caters for 205, Years 1 to 8 day and boarding boys. The school is owned by the Anglican Diocese of Waiapu. Christian values are a key part of the school’s special character.

The school’s manager(s) have attested that they comply with the provisions of section 35G in respect to their being fit and proper person(s) to manage the school.

2 Criteria for Registration

Suitable premises and equipment

The premises and equipment are suitable.

The premises are well maintained. Continuous upgrading occurs. A consultant has been contracted to assist with a property development plan.

The chapel is the cornerstone of the school and is a physical statement of the school’s special character.

All classrooms are well equipped, including a wide range of specialist rooms. These are bright, stimulating and the furniture is progressively upgraded.

The imposing historic building overlooks spacious park-like grounds that facilitate the provision of a wide range of sporting and recreational activities.

Suitable staffing and tuition standards

The school has suitable staffing.

All teachers are qualified and registered. Specialist subjects are taught by teachers with appropriate skills and knowledge. A new and expanded senior management team has identified priorities for ongoing improvement.

Teachers participate in a sound appraisal system that is consistent with the Education Council expectations. The system is subject to constant review to provide professional support for teachers.

Tuition standards are high. Teachers have high expectations for every learner. Students are confident, articulate and show genuine enjoyment in all aspects of school life.

Suitable curriculum

The diverse curriculum is suitable for teaching, learning and assessment. The wide range of subject areas provides many opportunities and experiences for the boys. Specialist learning areas across the school include hard and soft materials, technology, music (instruments and choir), drama, sports, science, te reo Māori, Japanese, hauora (physical education and health), and religious education.

The student graduate profile, published in the parent handbook, documents expectations for all leavers. Student leadership is valued. Achievement is celebrated.

The bicultural curriculum is valued by the students and staff.

Teachers in each of the three syndicates work closely together and share ideas and information school wide. Teachers are improving their use of assessment information to make appropriate judgements of students’ achievement. Through the moderation of student work, teachers are familiar with expectations at each level. The next step is for further investigation and analysis, at a school wide level, to enable closer monitoring of trends and patterns over time.

The learning support team responds appropriately to the identified learning needs of students at risk of not meeting the school standards.

3 Other Obligations

There are good systems in place for the school’s managing body to be assured that its other statutory obligations are met.

4 Other Matters

Provision for international students

Hereworth School is a signatory to the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016 (the Code) established under section 238F of the Education Act 1989. The school has attested that it complies with all aspects of the Code.

At the time of this review there was one international student attending the school, and no exchange students.

The quality of pastoral care and education for the international student is suitable. The student is involved in a wide range of school activities and is well integrated into the school community.

The school recognises that it is timely to review its systems for monitoring provisions and outcomes for international students under the current Code.

Provision for students in the school hostel

The school hostel, Rainbow, accommodates 40 students, 20% of the school roll. It is owned by the Anglican Diocese of Waiapu. The hostel owner has attested that all the requirements of the Hostel Regulations are met.

Boarding accommodation is of a high standard. Dormitories are attractive, warm and spacious. The students personalise their own spaces and take responsibility for maintaining them in a clean and tidy condition. There is good provision for study and recreation.

Boarding at the school provides students with a range of opportunities for leadership and social skills development. Clear routines and boundaries promote good student conduct and self management.

5 Conclusion

On the basis of the information obtained during the review, ERO considers that Hereworth School meets the criteria for registration as a private school set out in the Education Act 1989.

Patricia Davey

Deputy Chief Review Officer Central (Acting)

7 June 2017

About the School


Havelock North

Ministry of Education profile number


School type

Registered Private School (Year 1 to 8)

School roll


Number of international students


Gender composition

Boys 100%

Ethnic composition



Other ethnic groups




Special Features

Hostel and chapel

Review team on site

March 2017

Date of this report

7 June 2017

Most recent ERO report(s)

Private School Review

Private School Review

Private School Review

August 2013

August 2010

June 2007